The Remote Worker Award Winners

Helen O' Grady Shortlisted Winners

In association with  Remote Worker Awards in association with BT Business


Waiting for their life changing moment has become more exciting and anxious for the group of shortlisted winner who now stand the chance of winning their dream prizes in the Remote Worker Awards.

The Remote Worker Awards
appealed to hundreds of keen study enthusiasts across the country, and all the categories proved to be very popular and the judges have had a difficult time short listing and finalising the winners. The winners in each award category will be announced at the winning ceremony.

Winning Ceremony

The Remote Worker Awards culminated in a winning ceremony at the stunning Cliveden House in Berkshire on 10th September, where the shortlisted winners found out if they have won the superb prizes that changed some of their working lives!

Here is a list of the Remote Worker Award winners.

11 September 2009

Remote Employment (www.remoteemployment.com), the website for flexible and home-based jobs today announced the winners of the Remote Worker Awards 2009 in association with BT Business.

The Remote Worker Awards recognise the achievements of people who work from home or remotely and their employers. Remote and home working can provide benefits not available to traditional place-of-work employment.

Hundreds of entries were received for the awards and the judges selected the winners based on the individuals or companies that demonstrated how remote working had created the greatest positive impact on their work life.

Mick Hegarty, strategy and commercial director, BT Business said: “It is estimated that 3.5m people work from home and BT Business research shows that 55 per cent of the UK’s employees are working from home more often than they did before in the current climate."

"These awards highlight some of the best examples of how remote workers are helping the environment, increasing business productivity and improving quality of life. The commitment of these fantastic award winners coupled with technology that enables flexible working means that even more people can now work in this way and get more out of their working and home lives.”

The categories and winners of the Remote Worker Awards 2009 are as follows:

The BT Home Business Award:
Dean Rhodes-Brandon, Carshalton, Surrey.

Dean’s company yourlocalcinema.com is a cinema-listings service for subtitled and audio-described (narrated) cinema releases and shows, for people with hearing or visual problems. Dean is profoundly deaf and corresponds almost entirely by email.

The Remote Worker Award:
Marieke Guy, Melksham, Wiltshire.

Marieke works for UKOLN, the University of Bath’s centre of excellence in digital information management. Marieke became UKOLN’s remote worker champion in 2008 and also works to improve working conditions for other remote workers.

The Home Worker Award:
Karen Reyburn, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.

Karen manages the European division of a global organisation RAN ONE Europe entirely from home. Her motivation for entering this award is to let others see that life doesn’t have to revolve around a job location.

The Freelance Consultant Award:
Derek Pattenson, Watford, Hertfordshire.

Derek set up Small Office Solutions in the mid ‘90s, to help people working from small or home offices with IT. As technology developed Derek was able to work from home himself, connecting to clients’ systems remotely.

The Netmums Work From Home Award:
Wendy French, Bracknell, Berkshire.

Wendy wants to combine her experience as a textile designer, senior PA and admin and finance officer to develop a home-based business. Winning the Home Worker Award is the stepping stone Wendy needs to set up her new business.

The Open University Skills Award:
Jane Hopkins, Coleshill, North Warwickshire.

Jane Hopkins entered this award to take her online business to the next level. Jane has developed mumsclub.co.uk, a unique business club for mums. An Open University professional qualification will provide additional skills to further her business success.

The Remote Employer Award:
Cuddledry, Nether Stowey, Somerset.

Cuddledry manufactures and supplies towels and accessories for babies and children, employing home-based personnel. It recognises that there are many people no longer able to work full time in senior roles due to childcare commitments. Cuddledry has used home working to the advantage of all, demonstrating that home businesses can significantly exceed financial projections.

The Vivid Green Award:
Amanda Farren, Coventry, West Midlands.

Ella Announcements was launched in early 2007 when young mum, Amanda, was looking for a way to stay at home with her children yet keep working. She had spent the previous year learning graphic and web design and used these skills to set up Ella Announcements, an online business offering announcements and invitations for any occasion, focusing on babies and young children.

The Helen O’ Grady Special Award
(Helen O’ Grady has decided to nominate two winners)

Abbe Martin:
Exeter, Devon.

Abbe’s background in the arts and drama, love of children and recognition of how they can benefit from a self-development programme was key to winning this award and a £15k drama-academy franchise.

Catherine Prout:
Warwick, Warwickshire.

Catherine’s commitment to teaching drama has enabled her being awarded the Helen O’Grady Special Award. Her dedication, enthusiasm, confidence and experience led to the judges awarding a £15k drama-academy franchise.

Paula Wynne, Founder of Remote Employment and organiser of the Remote Worker Awards, said: “It has been a highly rewarding experience to see the wide variety of talented people who embrace flexible working and seeing just how many companies champion it. It’s been such a pleasure finding these inventive pioneers.”

The following companies and their employees were ‘Highly Commended’:

The Remote Worker Award:

Adam Wood, Fakenham, Norfolk.

Adam works for Prior Analytics in Surrey, as a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Consultant and heads up the department which specialises in providing customer service, support and helpdesk solutions. Adam prides himself on being the person who drove the company to implement a remote working policy.

The Home Worker Award:

Debbie Bird, Aylesbury, Bucks

Debbie has worked in the parenting and nursery industry for over five years now editing parenting advice websites. As the current Editor of Babyworld.co.uk her position has enabled her an insight into how many new parents, especially women, manage the life changing event of starting a family.

The Home Worker Award:

Holly Seddon, Sevenoaks, Kent

Holly is Head of Community Management at FreshNetworks, and manages a busy team almost entirely from home. Working for a progressive company that uses social media and online tools to deliver results for clients, also allows her to use those tools to work effectively and stay thoroughly involved with the business.

The Freelance Consultant Award:

Julie Wilson, Farndon, Newark in Nottinghamshire

Julie set up Sore Thumb Marketing after working for one company for over 17 years. Her freelance services provide the perfect flexibility and help companies to accelerate the rate at which they grow. She has been successful in securing work with Business Link and in July gave a couple of workshops for small businesses in the area, to help them market their business in a recession.

The BT Home Business Award:

Wendy Shand, Tots to Travel

Wendy’s vision for Tots to Travel was to develop a range of holiday properties that were both gorgeous for parents to stay in yet still ideally suited to the specific needs of young children with a key emphasis on safety. The Tots Team source, visit and vet high quality self catering properties across Europe to ensure that the properties are as safe as possible while providing the added extras that allow parents to have a relaxing holiday.

The BT Home Business Award:

Amanda Farren, Ella Announcements

Amanda launched Ella Announcements in early 2007 when she was looking for a way to stay at home with her children yet keep working. Crushing the teenage mum stereotype, Amanda has challenged many peoples perceptions on young parents, being featured in both local and national newspapers highlighting her success. This young woman has proved an inspiration to many people, and has created a fantastic life for her family already with an exciting future to look forward to.

The Remote Employer Award:

Larry Miller, Chiswick London and David Lister, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Achieving Quality Leads thrives on home workers and remote workers. They use remote working to bring quality people, who juggle a career and family life, back into the work force. AQL were cited for this when they received an award from the Prime Minister at Downing Street for the Best Small UK Company for Bringing Women Back into Work!

The Open University Skills Award: 3rd Prize

Sharon Bassett, from Pontybodkin in Flintshire

Sharon has developed enjoy-a-ball.com (001) Ltd, franchise sports coaching for children. Sharon’s biggest goal is for children to enjoy learning in a positive and creative environment. With her sports coaching business Enjoy-a-Ball she works with hundreds of children every week and they love to tell her stories. She wants to bring these stories to life both through coaching and as a writer, too, so the Open University's Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing is perfect for that. She would also like to explore a Sports Coaching course.

The Open University Skills Award: 2nd Prize

Nikki Niven, from Ayrshire in Scotland

As Local Editor and Ayrshire Franchisee holder of Mums in Control magazine, this course is a catalyst to enhance Nikki’s writing skills thus further improving upon the existing high quality of editorial and advertorial within her publication. Having aspired to be a Journalist since she was a teenager, Remote Employment and The Open University have enabled this dream to become a reality.

The Netmums Work From Home Award: 2nd Prize

Ayesha Siddiqui, Hayes in Middlesex

Ayesha is full of ideas for a home business and this award has given her the confidence boost she needed to set up her new business.

The Netmums Work From Home Award: 3rd Prize

Karin Joyce, Northborough in Cambridgeshire

Winning a start up for her own home business will allow Karin more financial freedom and will give her the challenge she needs to keep growing and make her home business a great success.

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